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photo of Joel DoepkerEast Central College has named Joel Doepker vice president of external relations.  His responsibilities will include establishing, maintaining and enhancing the college’s relationships with external constituencies.   

 

His appointment to the newly created position was approved by college trustees at their October 7 board meeting.  He will begin working at ECC November 4.

 

The position of vice president of career and outreach education was restructured to vice president of external relations when trustees approved  the 2014 staffing plan in May.  In this new position, Doepker will direct the strategic  marketing of  the institution, administer non-credit offerings, oversee the use and development of the college web site and administer the college’s external grants.  He will supervise ECC’s Center for Workforce Development, as well as public relations, web development and grants.

 

Doepker comes to ECC from the Ozarks Technical Community College system in Springfield, Missouri where he has served as the college director of communications and marketing for the past seven years.  In that position he has been responsible for developing and implementing OTC’s marketing and advertising strategies and campaigns. He also oversees the public, community and media relations for the College as well as the social media initiatives.

 

College President Jon Bauer stated that Doepker brings great skill and expertise to East Central.

 

“Joel understands community colleges, who we serve, and why we exist,” Bauer said. “That understanding is fundamental to working effectively with our external constituents. Whether it’s marketing the institution, managing the web site, working with partners on workforce development and other non-credit offerings, or dealing with grant entities, he has our core mission at heart.”

 

Bauer noted the work Doepker has done at OTC has been recognized around the state and nation.

 

“He comes to us very highly regarded, and with a demonstrated track record. Now he’s ready to move into an administrative role and I look forward to working with him,” Bauer said.

 

A Michigan native, Doepker attended Central Michigan University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast and cinematic arts.  He later obtained a master’s degree in communications/integrated marketing from Drury University.

 

His career started as a television news videographer/editor at television stations in Michigan, Ohio and Georgia. He received five Michigan Emmys for videography and video editing and was named Michigan’s videographer of the year in 1998. He spent six years as on-air news reporter at WJRT-TV in Flint/Saginaw, Michigan and KTUL in Tulsa, Oklahoma before joining the OTC staff in 2006.

 

“ECC has been a vital educational and economic resource for east central Missouri for more than 40 years,” Doepker said. “I’m committed to furthering the college’s mission as the primary provider of quality educational programs and services in the community.  I’m  excited to move to the area and have the opportunity to share the ECC story."

 

Doepker is an active member of Public Relations Society of America, the Missouri Community College Association and the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations.  He has given presentations on topics such as media relations, community events and video production at the League of Innovation’s national conference, NCMPR regional and national conferences and annual MCCA conferences.

 

His community involvement includes work with the United Way of the Ozarks, Champion Athletes of the Ozarks and the Southwest Missouri chapter of Autism Speaks.   

 

Doepker and his wife, Lynda, have a daughter, Samantha

 
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